Shark Attack In Australia Delays International Surfing Competition

Shark Attack In Australia Delays International Surfing Competition

BC-AS-Australia-Shark Attack, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 339Surfer mauled by shark swims to shore despite leg injuriesAP Photo TKSK801Eds: Updates with new details including a report of another shark attack.

Several beaches in the Gracetown area were closed in the wake of the attack, including Lefthanders, where the Department of Fisheries reported the presence of a whale carcass.

Argentinian-born Alejandro Travaglini, 37, was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital after he was attacked at Cobblestone beach on Monday but managed to bodysurf back to shore where friends applied tourniquets.

The victim, a man in his 30s, was bitten on the leg by a shark off Gracetown in Western Australia on Monday morning.

Mr Longgrass said he went to slap the water, but the shark accelerated toward the board.

"If anyone is familiar with the Mick Fanning moment at Jeffreys Bay it was quite similar to that, where a shark pretty much popped up and knocked a surfer off his board", Peter told ABC Perth.

"The last thing I see is the guy going down, then coming up, then he actually had to bodysurf back into shore", one witness, Russell Morris, told Reuters.

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In the second attack, 41-year-old Jason Longrass was bitten by a shark off Lefthanders beach. Unfortunately, that shark attack was fatal.

Following a one-hour break, the competition was given the all clear to resume.

The attack occurred shortly before 8:00 a.m. local time (0000 GMT) at Cobblestones beach, near where the world's top surfers were competing on the sixth day of the Margaret River Pro event, which is part of the World Surf League Championship Tour.

The attack prompted the World Surf League (WSL) to temporarily postpone the nearby Margaret River Pro surfing contest, with lifeguards having spotted a 13-foot-long shark just off a nearby beach two hours later.

In a statement, the WSL said the safety of the surfers is "paramount", and conditions would be continued to be assessed.

Below are some tips on how to avoid and survive a shark attack, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History website. Erratic movements can attract sharks.

It's not just surfers who encounter sharks in Australian waters, as policemen on a boat recently discovered when they had a shark closely tailing them while on patrol on March 31.

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